47(a)(2) Visa Applicants Now Require PWP instead of SWP for Work While Application is Pending

September 12, 2019 | Philippines

Per a new Bureau of Immigration regulation, foreign nationals who wish to work while their 47(a)(2) Special Non-Immigrant Visa application is pending now require a Provisional Work Permit (PWP) instead of a Special Work Permit (SWP). Applicants for the 47(a)(2) Visa are no longer eligible for a SWP.

Process details
Applicants for the 47(a)(2) visa must file an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) application before they may apply for a PWP. The PWP processing time is the same as that of the SWP at two to three weeks from the date of filing. Accordingly, the change will have no impact on overall processing timeframes, but the PWP application may require different supporting documents and a different order of process steps than that of the SWP. For example, the SWP is filed before the AEP while the PWP is filed after.

The PWP is valid for three months and may be renewed for three months for a maximum validity of six months.

More changes are likely as government agencies aim to clarify rules and processes following the issuance of Joint Guidelines in July 2019.